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Old 06-11-2018, 07:38 PM
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It's a vicious cycle and it truly hurts to be stuck in it. But again and again we get stuck.

Before you take that first drink next time, come here and check in.
Thank you. I will do that.
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Old 06-11-2018, 08:02 PM
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Hey Dee, was just wondering about this sponsor thing. How does one go about getting one and what does it entail? Thanx
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Old 06-12-2018, 03:16 AM
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Hey Dee, was just wondering about this sponsor thing. How does one go about getting one and what does it entail? Thanx
My experience is that one attends several AA meetings and looks for a more experienced AA person who is willing to become a sponsor to you and guide you through the 12 steps of AA.

I have no idea how to get a sponsor if you are not attending AA meetings but I think there will be other folks here who can answer this question more completely than I did.
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Old 06-12-2018, 06:33 AM
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Ok great, thank you.
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Old 06-12-2018, 01:28 PM
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Well this is day 2. Again. It's worse even than the last day 2! Still feel hangover effects and blood pressure is high despite meds. While I was sober for 19 days my blood pressure was perfect now it's high again. Time will heal. Just hanging in there.
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Old 06-12-2018, 01:33 PM
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Well this is day 2. Again. It's worse even than the last day 2! Still feel hangover effects and blood pressure is high despite meds. While I was sober for 19 days my blood pressure was perfect now it's high again. Time will heal. Just hanging in there.
Sometimes that's all you can do. Get through, hang on, don't drink.
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Old 06-12-2018, 01:36 PM
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Day 2 is better than day 1!
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Old 06-12-2018, 02:29 PM
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Thanks you guys! I still had beers left yesterday but poured them all out. I didn't want to be tempted to ease the hangover with hair of the dog. Can't wait to be back on track!
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Old 06-12-2018, 05:09 PM
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Thanks you guys! I still had beers left yesterday but poured them all out. I didn't want to be tempted to ease the hangover with hair of the dog. Can't wait to be back on track!
I was there not long ago. On my day 1 I even went so far as to buy a bottle of wine. I never opened it though, and I finally poured it down the sink a few days later when I was clearing my house out of the remnants of my alcoholic life.

I'm now on day 46 and I can tell you it really does get easier. You really just need to hang in there, know that it will get easier, just whatever you do don't drink. It will only make you feel worse. You know what will happen when you drink. Now it's your time to find out what happens to you when you don't drink, give yourself a chance.
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Old 06-12-2018, 08:21 PM
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Thank you Primativo! I am putting all of my faith in the hope that it will get better. Congrats on day 46! I am so happy for you! I am discouraged that I went 19 days and then drank. I know that I cannot drink 1 or 2 drinks. Those days are long past. Why do I still have that inner hope that I can? It's sad and scary that I can't trust my own brain! But as I have been reading here, if I just choose to not take 1 drink, I will be fine. I have always drank and partied. Since I was 14 years old. I always used to say I would never be a tee-totaler! And I meant that. Well, I have changed my mind. I want be just that!
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Old 06-12-2018, 09:07 PM
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Twice I decided I was going to completely quit on my own and both times I lasted only about 14 days. Both times I decided things weren't so bad and I'd just go back to doing some more moderate drinking (no success). It wasn't until I reached out for help (outpatient treatment/AA) that I was able to make sobriety stick.
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Old 06-12-2018, 09:22 PM
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The thought/hope of 'one or two' are just a learned habit. A bad habit. No different than a breakup with a person and you have 'news'..first instinct is calling/texting that person,but it's not a good thing to do. Only habit and eventually that habit will fade so long as you don't continue doing it.
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Old 06-13-2018, 06:29 AM
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Hi everyone. Today is day 3. I'm not 100 percent but I am getting better. I was reading my post from last day 3 and i wasn't as sick last time as I made myself this time. It's very true what they say...it gets worse each time you do it. I'm still having pressure in my head and still feel a little off. My blood pressure is probably still elevated. I don't know I quit taking it because it was just adding to my anxiety. I am taking my blood pressure meds and I will give it another day or two and see if it's back to normal. I am grateful to be sober though. And am more determined than ever to stay that way.
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Old 06-13-2018, 08:19 AM
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Nice work Kat. Stay sober and stay here.
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Old 06-13-2018, 09:11 AM
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Hi Kat, glad to hear you are trying again. Everytime time you think about having a drink, think back to how youve felt these last 3 days..
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Old 06-13-2018, 10:16 AM
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Hi Kat, glad to hear you are trying again. Everytime time you think about having a drink, think back to how youve felt these last 3 days..
Thanks, weak1!!!! I definitely plan on doing that! Glad you're doing so good!
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Old 06-13-2018, 10:27 AM
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I'm brand new here and I've never.posted in a forum before so I hope I am doing this right. I don't have much time to write because I'm getting ready for work. I am a 48 year old female who has a drinking problem. I might go 1 week without drinking on occasion but usually I drink at least twice a week. I'm one of those binge drinkers who has never been able to drink 1 or 2. I drink beer and I will drink a 12 pack or more in a short amount of time. This past weekend. I drank all weekend. On Sunday I was so hungover I started drinking more beer as soon as I got up. I was so sick yesterday, I called in at work. I feel terrible about this but I knew I couldn't go to.work in the state I was in. I was sick all day yesterday and did drink more beer to get thru it. I drank 8 over the course of the whole day and then stopped. In the middle of the night I woke up several times covered in sweat. Today I am picking myself up and going to work. I feel so ashamed of my drinking problem and wish I could stay completely sober but usually, after a few days sober I feel good again and think I can drink. In January of 2017 I went to a 30 day rehab and I loved it. I was drinking 2 weeks after I got out. I just need someone who understands to talk to. I'm a single mom with 2 grown kids who live on their own and an 11 year old still at home. I work full time and have alot of stress at times...usually financially related. I could really use some support getting through this. Thank you for listening. On another note, I used to be addicted to meth for 12 years. 6 years ago I got off of meth and changed my life. But now alcohol is a problem. Why can't I just be normal?
Hello Katlyne, I certainly understand the struggle. I have been sober for many years and the desire and cravings are gone but the memory of the pain to detox and then stay sober for the first few years was hard but not impossible. The other day I was helping a friend, his wife got stuck on pain pills and now it is really out of control. She has added drinking to the game and for the last year he has been going through hell. I did some homework for him to see what is new and available in the treatment and recovery arena. I am not a big fan of treatment, they say 93% of people who go to treatment are using again after one year. So not great results. I did find a Doctor in Los Angeles (I actually knew him from years ago) who has this new program. He helps people detox off opiates and alcohol using a medical support program to keep the insanity of detox to a minimun. Then he adds a small implant, about the size of an advil at the base of the belly. He said the entire process takes about 10 minutes. Once he adds this medical implant it stops the cravings for Alcohol and opiates starting in about 3 hours and his success rate is pretty good. He said about 90% of the people respond perfectly and just stop the cravings which stops the addiction and the other 10% either reduce their use dramatically but are still using and a very few it just does not work for them. I think it last to 3 to 6 months or more. He said once he adds that implant then his team start working with the patient to reinforce the reasons to stay sober and clean. Like a treatment program but online and it included some kind of app that offers support and has 12 or 16 courses. He said this way if the cravings return the person is prepared to deal with them and most continue to stay clean and just get on with their life. Some he said require some more medical support and he has another program for that. I know the doctor and he is very respectable the program was call acceleratedtreatmentsystems . com and he is Sion Nobel, M.D. I hope this helps. I know he said he has lots of clients who fly in for 2 days or so, he detoxes them and adds the implant and then they fly back home. I guess since the follow on program is all online the patient can do it from anywhere. I hope this helps I know the cost was under $5000. When I went to treatment 30 years ago it cost $10,000 so not sure how much it cost today but with dr. nobel you do not have to stay at a treatment location for 30 days and can go right back to work without anyone knowing you have or had an issure with alcohol. Pretty cool actually.... good luck. Gary
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Hello Katlyne, I certainly understand the struggle. I have been sober for many years and the desire and cravings are gone but the memory of the pain to detox and then stay sober for the first few years was hard but not impossible. The other day I was helping a friend, his wife got stuck on pain pills and now it is really out of control. She has added drinking to the game and for the last year he has been going through hell. I did some homework for him to see what is new and available in the treatment and recovery arena. I am not a big fan of treatment, they say 93% of people who go to treatment are using again after one year. So not great results. I did find a Doctor in Los Angeles (I actually knew him from years ago) who has this new program. He helps people detox off opiates and alcohol using a medical support program to keep the insanity of detox to a minimun. Then he adds a small implant, about the size of an advil at the base of the belly. He said the entire process takes about 10 minutes. Once he adds this medical implant it stops the cravings for Alcohol and opiates starting in about 3 hours and his success rate is pretty good. He said about 90% of the people respond perfectly and just stop the cravings which stops the addiction and the other 10% either reduce their use dramatically but are still using and a very few it just does not work for them. I think it last to 3 to 6 months or more. He said once he adds that implant then his team start working with the patient to reinforce the reasons to stay sober and clean. Like a treatment program but online and it included some kind of app that offers support and has 12 or 16 courses. He said this way if the cravings return the person is prepared to deal with them and most continue to stay clean and just get on with their life. Some he said require some more medical support and he has another program for that. I know the doctor and he is very respectable the program was call acceleratedtreatmentsystems . com and he is Sion Nobel, M.D. I hope this helps. I know he said he has lots of clients who fly in for 2 days or so, he detoxes them and adds the implant and then they fly back home. I guess since the follow on program is all online the patient can do it from anywhere. I hope this helps I know the cost was under $5000. When I went to treatment 30 years ago it cost $10,000 so not sure how much it cost today but with dr. nobel you do not have to stay at a treatment location for 30 days and can go right back to work without anyone knowing you have or had an issure with alcohol. Pretty cool actually.... good luck. Gary
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Old 06-13-2018, 03:43 PM
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Thanks Kat. I dont think about it, thats the key for me. 👍🏼
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Old 06-14-2018, 05:10 AM
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Day 4. Good morning everyone. I hope everyone is doing well. I am on Day 4 and still feel bad. I am beginning to think this is not hangover related but maybe sinus or allergies. I feel ran down and stuffy headed and generally just blah! I hope it improves before my upcoming vacation which starts next week. Even if its not a hangover I'm sure the alcohol lowered my immune because I felt wonderful before I drank last weekend. Anyway, I am so glad to be sober even tho I'm sick and look forward to feeling as good as I did last week!
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